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Aug. 29, 2007

UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences names alumni fellows

Five alumni of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) will be named 2007 Alumni Fellows at an awards ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 6. The award is given to alumni by the college to recognize its most accomplished graduates.

While on campus, fellows typically meet with students and faculty and give a lecture on their work. Linda Maxson, dean of the CLAS, initiated the Alumni Fellows program in 1999 with funds from the endowed UI Alumni Association Dean's Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, which was created through a gift from the UI Alumni Association.

"The gift from the Alumni Association has made it possible to bring nearly 50 of our distinguished alumni to campus," Maxson said. "Our students especially benefit from their return. They are able to see what they can achieve, and at the same time, we can recognize our graduates for their outstanding accomplishments."

The 2007 Alumni Fellows are: Carol Dahl (B.A., zoology, 1977), Robert Hogg (M.S., mathematics, 1948; Ph.D., mathematics, 1950), Mark Johnson (M.A., theatre arts and communication studies, 1973), Scott McCoy (B.M., piano and voice, 1976; M.A., choral conducting, 1977; M.F.A., voice performance and pedagogy, 1983; D.M.A., 1987) and Clyde Stoltenberg (B.A., classics, 1969).

The Alumni Fellows will present free public events at the following times:

-- Scott McCoy, (free master class), 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, Harper Hall, Voxman Music Building. Current UI School of Music students will perform.

-- Robert Hogg, (lecture) "Small Steps and Giant Leaps," 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 140 Schaeffer Hall.

-- Clyde Stoltenberg, (lecture) "Why the Greeks and Romans Mattered -- and Matter -- To Me," 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 302 Schaeffer Hall.

-- Carol Dahl, (lecture) "Discovery Science and Technology for Global Health Solutions," 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 101 Biology Building East.

-- Scott McCoy, (lecture) "Fact-based Pedagogy and the Art of Teaching Singing," 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, Choral Room 1077, Voxman Music Building.

The following are highlights from the alumni fellows' careers.

Carol Dahl received a B.A. in zoology from the UI in 1977. She is now chief of staff for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Health Program and director of the foundation's Global Health Technologies initiative, which makes grants to achieve fundamental scientific advances in global health that could lead to new ways to prevent, treat, and diagnose disease. Prior to joining the foundation in 2003, Dahl served as vice president for strategic partnerships at Biospect, Inc., a company developing technology to inform the diagnosis and clinical management of patient health. From 1990 to 2001, Dahl worked in several capacities at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Dahl received master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Robert Hogg received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the UI in 1948 and 1950, respectively. He then began a distinguished career as a professor at the UI in 1950, first in the Department of Mathematics and then in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science from the time of its inception in 1965 until his retirement in 2001. He was the first chair of Statistics and Actuarial Science and served in that capacity for 19 years. Two of the many textbooks Hogg co-authored have become classroom standards used by thousands of students worldwide. He has been honored for his teaching with awards at the national, state and university level. Hogg also has an exemplary record of service to the UI and to professional organizations in his field, including nearly 40 years of active involvement with the American Statistical Association.

Mark Johnson received an M.A. in communication studies and theatre arts in 1973. He is the award-winning producer of 39 films. He is among Hollywood's most active producers and is recognized throughout the industry as one of the best. Among his films are "Chronicles of Narnia," produced in cooperation with the C.S. Lewis Estate, "The Banger Sisters," "A Little Princess," "Bugsy," "Avalon," "Rain Man," "Good Morning Vietnam," "The Natural" and "Diner." "Rain Man" won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. "Bugsy" was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won the Golden Globe for Best Picture.

Scott McCoy earned four degrees from the UI School of Music, a B.M. (1976), an M.A. (1977), an M.F.A. (1983) and a D.M.A. (1987). He went on to teach on the UI faculty for eight years. During that time, he served on numerous committees, performed as a tenor soloist throughout the world and began his extensive research in voice science. In 1997, he began teaching at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where he is director of the Presser Music Center Voice Laboratory. McCoy built and developed the laboratory and has gone on to serve as a consultant for 13 other institutions wishing to develop similar voice laboratories. His multimedia voice science and pedagogy textbook, "Your Voice: An Inside View," has been adopted by numerous colleges and universities nationwide. McCoy is a founding faculty member in the New York Singing Teachers Association professional development program and has been named president-elect of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, an organization he has served throughout his career.

Clyde Stoltenberg earned his B.A. with highest distinction in classics from the UI in 1969. As a UI student, he won the Lowden Prize in both Greek and Latin, an accomplishment that's as rare now as it was then. Most students excel in one language or the other, but few are proficient to such a high degree in both. Stoltenberg went on to Harvard Law School, and in 1980 joined the faculty at the University of Kansas in business law. He traveled to China and other countries and became an expert in international business law. He was acting co-director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas and became an honorary professor at Nankai University. In 2003, he became professor of business law and international business with a specialty in China and the East at the California State University at Long Beach. Since 1983, he has published or co-published 28 articles on various aspects of international business law and the politics of economics in the East. Stoltenberg is now the Barton Distinguished Chair in International Business and associate director of the Center for International Business Advancement at Wichita State University.

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